Good oral hygiene is a must because the loss of a single tooth can have a major impact on overall health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when extractions are necessary. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:
- Severe decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Infection or abscess
- Malpositioned teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
The dentist may advise a tooth extraction after careful examination and treatment—often taking x-rays to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone before tooth extraction. Based on the degree of difficulty, a dentist may refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon.
A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, but it can be minimized with ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. Discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks.
If you experience prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately.